Housing and Planning Bill — Clause 72 — Vacant High Value Local Authority Housing — Local Retention of Funds for Social Housing — 9 May 2016 at 21:10
The majority of MPs voted against giving local councils a right to retain payments in respect of vacant high value council houses to provide new social homes where they can demonstrate a need for them.
MPs were considering the Housing and Planning Bill.
The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendments 47B and 47C
Amendment 47B stated:
- Page 31, line 35, at end insert—
- “() If a local housing authority so wishes, and the Secretary of State agrees, the Secretary of State shall enter into an agreement with that authority whereby it shall retain such part of the payment referred to in section 67(1) as may be required to fund the provision of a new affordable home.”
and amendment 47C stated:
- Page 32, line 2, at end insert—
- “() If a local housing authority can demonstrate to the Secretary of State, whether by reference to its local housing plan or otherwise, that there is a particular need in its area for social housing, the authority shall retain such part of the payment referred to in section 67(1) as may be required to fund the provision of a new dwelling to be let as social housing on terms (as to tenure, rent or otherwise) which are similar to those on which the old dwelling was let.
Had the amendments not been rejected they would have added subclauses to clause 72 of the Bill titled Reduction of payment by agreement. The clause related to a requirement for local councils to pay central Government the value of any high value council homes which are likely to become vacant during the year. Provisions in the Bill require councils to consider selling such high value council homes. The rejected amendment sought to require some of the funds to be retained for the provision of social housing locally where need is demonstrated.
Without the rejected amendment the option to allow such funds to be retained locally was available, but there is nothing in the Bill requiring the Secretary of State use it.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Housing and Planning Bill
-  Lords amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill containing amendments 47B and 47C
-  Clause 72 of the Housing and Planning Bill as at the time of the vote
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||286 (+2 tell)||0||0||87.3%|
|Lab||0||189 (+2 tell)||0||82.7%|